Benefits

Research shows the powerful effects of mindful breathing and awareness:

Brain Integration

Prolonged stress has been shown to shrink the hippocampus, the region of the brain responsible for learning, memory, cognition and emotional regulation. At the same time, the amygdala, which determines emotional responses based on sensory information that it perceives as a threat or not, has been shown to increase in size due to its overstimulation.

Developing healthy breathing patterns:

  • Calms the stress response thereby increasing oxygen to the hippocampus and reducing the size of the amygdala

  • Strengthens focus and attention

  • Promotes brain integration

  • Fosters deeper and better sleep by releasing physical, mental and emotional tension

  • Strengthens self-awareness

This directly and/or indirectly helps the student do the following:

  • Learn better stress management and consciously choose right action
  • Alleviate anxiety and depression with slow, rhythmic breathing
  • Naturally increase blood oxygen, vital for the growth of healthy cells

 

Research

This program is based on best practices and research.

For more information, read the research in the links below:   

 

BREATHING TECHNIQUES CAN HELP KIDS RELAX

Mayo Clinic News Network

 

MAKING TIME TO RELAX FOR CHILDREN WITH ANXIETY

Author:   Rich Presta

                                                                                                                                            

BLOW THE PAIN AWAY: BREATHING TIPS TO HELP CHILDREN RELAX

Posted by:  Micah Dorfner(Mayo Clinic News Network)

 

DEEP, SLOW BREATHING AND MINDFULNESS MAY HELP MAKE KIDS BULLYPROOF

Author:  Pamela Price

                    

THE IMPACT OF MINDFULNESS IN THE LIVES OF AT-RISK YOUTH

Author:   Ruth Buczynski, PHD

 

BRINGING MINDFULNESS TO THE SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Author:  Kate Lunau

 

IS MINDFULNESS THE SECRET BEHIND BETTER HEALTH & MAKING KIDS BEHAVE?

Author:  Ella Jameson

 

CAN ‘MINDFULNESS’ HELP STUDENTS DO BETTER IN SCHOOL?

Author:  Emily Holland